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Investigative Practice
Advancements in smartphone camera technology mean forensic scientists are able to glean more detail than ever before from images when collecting digital evidence. Police Professional investigates.
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<b><i>Dr Baranowski</b></i> Just a drama?
Following numerous attempts to commit crimes by using what they learnt from fictional television series, research has shown whether offenders really have evaded justice as a result of what they watched.
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<b><i>Detective Superintendent Martin<br>Brunning Revealing directions
When murder is suspected yet no body can be found, Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning explains how international cooperation and persistence in examining digital devices can lead to the evidence.
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<b><i>Kimberley Fenn: those who<br>sleep are more likely to<br>use an absolute strategy<br>in ID parades</b></i> Research shows value of sleep before ID parades
Sleep may influence an eyewitness's ability to correctly pick a guilty person out of a police line-up, according to a new study conducted by a team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU).
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<b><i>Det Chief Insp Mike Ashcroft<br>and Det Insp Gordon Denslow</b></i> Proving a confession
Investigative practice
When a missing person investigation received a hearsay admission detectives had a huge task to secure a conviction for murder, and the end result was a lesson in the rules of advocacy and no comment interviews.
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<b><i>Angus Marshall: unused evidence<br>would have strengthened the case</b></i> 'Real' trial withheld evidence from jury
A consultant on the Channel 4 series, The Trial, has criticised the production for failing to provide the jury with all the evidence they would have received had the proceedings been real.
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<b><i>Detective Chief Superintendent<br>Alastair Simpson When DNA is not enough
The presence of genetic traces at a crime scene usually provides immense weight to a prosecution but one murder inquiry had to rely on supporting evidence when the defence provided its explanation. Detective Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson suggests caution when secondary transfer is used as a reason for DNA being found.
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<b><i>Detective Inspector Frazer Wylie Deathly silence
The conviction of a mother for the murder of her daughter showed how the definition of vulnerability can be used to break down a family conspiracy.
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<b><i>Stephen Port: drugged victims</b></i> IPCC inquiry follows serial killer conviction
Seventeen officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are being formally investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for their handling of a murder case which turned out to be the work of a serial killer.
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<b><i>Dr Laura Mickes</b></i> Science on parades
A newly-published academic study has found that the procedures used to carry out police identity parades in UK criminal investigations deliver significantly less accurate results than the American equivalent.
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